Dugsi Dayz

Theatre (comedy, storytelling)

  • Underbelly, Cowgate - Belly Button
  • 12:40
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Side eYe Productions – Untapped Award Winner 2023
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes as well as strong language and flashing lights.
  • Accessibility:
    Relaxed Performance
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Four students find themselves stuck in dugsi detention – what did they do to end up here? And is there any chance of them getting on? Salma, Yasmin, Munira, and Hani each see the world and their place in it in radically different ways. Subverting Somali folk tales and reminiscing about their childhoods, they slowly reveal their reasons for being there. This hour together may reveal that they have more in common than they thought. Inspired by The Breakfast Club and following sell-out performances in London, this is a hilarious and authentic exploration of friendship between Somali girls.

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General venue access

  • Captioning
    Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: There are 16 steps into this venue from the cowgate entrance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 18 August
  • Type: Open
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 15 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Additional information: Information not supplied

Be aware that this show features:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Permission to move around and make noise
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

Show does not feature:

  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • Performer goes into audience area
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Permission to engage with performer

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

M 37 days ago

Best theatre I've seen all fringe...loveable and relatable characters, laughed-out-loud throughout, exceptional writing, acting and production. I'd see it again, extended! Let's hope a film director comes knocking. "Don't you forget about me..." :D

JL 39 days ago

Very funny, with feel good moments but also has an edge to it. Loved the individual characters and performances.

Owen Dodds 41 days ago


Must-See show. Lived in Edinburgh my whole life and never seen such a hilarious, well written and powerful show as Dugsi Days. This is a masterpiece, love from Scotland to Somali, hope this becomes a TV series one day :)) Good luck.
We need you back every year ((:

Tamara McNicol 42 days ago

Went with a party of five other people of different ages, backgrounds and nationalities and we all loved it. Very funny, brilliantly acted and engaging. Thanks!

Yvette Lu 44 days ago

Truly engaging and had me laughing the whole time! You will fall in love with these four. Smart writing that allows the actors to soar, and incredible chemistry between everyone on stage. You won’t regret seeing this show!

Ash 50 days ago

Without a doubt, the best and funniest show we have seen at the fringe. 5/5. Incredible writing. Current, relatable writing and very talented actors . The girls playing Munera and Salma were particularly good. Couldn’t recommend enough :)

Dominique Alexander 51 days ago

A play that as was so up my straza I wanted to make up my own horror story just to keep these 4 on stage for longer! Exceptional performances from each with the highs and lows of a perfect fringe show. Brilliantly written characters and the girls played them with such delicate force, every gal in the audience could see their friendship group in them. An absolute must see show - enjoy the rest of the run, inshallah!

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Theatre Thoughts (4/5 stars) 39 days ago

Amusing, hilarious and thought provoking

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Binge Fringe (4/5 stars) 40 days ago

Thoughtful, amusing and razor-sharp – Dugsi Dayz both enlightens and entertains at every step.

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Financial Times (4/5 stars) 44 days ago

Ali’s play manages to be culturally specific and universal all at once

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Fest (3/5 stars) 48 days ago

A joyful play on friendship, faith and the adolescence.

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